After Scientist Aziz Asbar's Murder, Syria Accuses Israel's Mossad

Syrian sites on the funeral of Aziz Asbar in the town of Wadi al Oyoun on Sunday

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz Tuesday welcomed the killing of a leading Syrian weapons scientist but declined to comment on reports his government was behind the fatal bombing.

A senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency told The New York Times on Monday that Mossad had a hand in the assassination of Aziz Asbar, the head of the Syrian Scientific Research and Studies Center in the city of Masyaf.

Israel has carried out numerous strikes inside Syria since 2017, according to the Observatory, targeting Assad regime forces and their allies from Iran and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The centre has always been linked by intelligence agencies to Syria's chemical weapons programme.

At the time of the July 22 strike that killed two Syrians, the Syrian Observatory confirmed that the attack targeted a "workshop supervised by Iranians where surface-to-surface missiles are made. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, and other Iranians to begin production of precision-guided missiles in Syria by retrofitting heavy Syrian SM600 Tishreen rockets".

In April 2017, the United States Treasury Department slapped 271 staff members of the SSRC with sanctions in April of past year.

The unanimous official, who spoke to NYT, said that Israel had been tracking Abzar for years, and had wanted to assassinate him over his prominent role in Syria's weapons program even before the outbreak of the civil war in 2011.

According to al-Watan daily newspaper, Syrian authorities had twice detained cells of local suspects allegedly recruited by Mossad who were engaged in monitoring Asbar's movements.

Also clarifies that "brigade of special purpose" Abu Amara - before they have attacked Assad controlled by the objects stated in the Telegram, set and detonated the explosive devices with the goal of killing Asber.

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